Updated when anything changes. Last updated: 27 March 2022.
A question I am asked almost every day is how can I travel to Scotland?
I know that the latest information from official sources can be hard to digest and it often raises more questions- so I have done the hard work for you and trawled the internet to present you with the most up-to-date information in an easily digestible way.
Please note information can change daily, and the most up-to-date information will always be on the Scottish Government and NHS website. Be sure to check your own government travel advisories for updated information too.
This article is intended for overseas visitors planning a trip to Scotland but there is information that locals will find useful.
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Latest Information on travelling to Scotland
Statistics and updates
- 76.4% of the population in Scotland have been fully vaccinated; 71.7% of the UK population (Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland) are fully vaccinated.
- 63.8% have had their Covid-19 booster
- On average there are currently 11,000 new Covid-19 cases per day in Scotland
- Covid-19 travel restrictions ended in Scotland 18 March and mostly everything in Scotland is open
- Face masks are still required when indoors in public spaces
- Social distancing isn’t required, however, you will find that many folk will do this anyway. My suggestion is to give people space (especially the elderly)
Travel to Scotland if you’re fully vaccinated
All travel restrictions in Scotland have ended so anyone (vaccinated or unvaccinated) may enter Scotland and the UK. You do NOT need to take a Covid-19 test before entering Scotland or the UK.
Need help planning your trip? Book one of my Scotland Zoom Travel Consultations and ask me anything!
Travel to Scotland if you’re not vaccinated
You can enter Scotland and the UK without having to quarantine or take a test.
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Tips For Planning Travel In Scotland
- When making NEW bookings for accommodation and tours, be sure to check their cancellation policy. Booking.com has a flexible 24-hour cancellation policy, but be sure to double-check each property before making a booking.
- If you have existing bookings, check your cancellation policies for each activity, write down the deadlines, and stick them on your fridge so you don’t forget to cancel or extend and lose your money.
- Be sure to book restaurants and activities ahead of your visit. A lot of businesses will not accept walk-ins. If you have a pay a deposit, make sure you know their refund policy.
- When travelling Scotland, to avoid catching Covid-19 wash your hands and use hand sanitiser regularly, try to keep socially distanced from others, and wear a face mask while indoors in public spaces.
- To see a graph on the current number of Covid-19 in Scotland, just Google ”Covid 19 in Scotland” and a graph will come up with the daily
Websites For Up-To-Date Information
Scottish Government website: Travelling to Scotland from overseas? For the most updated information visit the International Travel to Scotland guidance.
NHS [National Health Service]: For up-to-date information on what to do if you are in Scotland and have symptoms or need to book a test, visit the NHS website.
News: For the latest news in Scotland, I recommend following the BBC.
Visit Scotland: Visit Scotland also has a page with helpful information and updates on the Covid-19 situation in Scotland.
How you can experience Scotland from home
- Read my blog! There are tons of free articles on this website about Scotland that will help you with planning your dream trip, or to simply keep Scotland in you mind. This really helps me as a small business struggling to get through Covid!
- Read these books about Scotland. One of the best forms of escapism is through a book! I made a list of my favourite books about Scotland- these should keep you going for a while.
- Re-watch Outlander. I know I am!
- Test your knowledge with my Scotland Quiz! You can even use it to host your own Zoom quiz night with your pals.
- Start planning your trip early so when travel opens up, you’re ready to book! My Scotland travel planners will help you plan your perfect trip.
Sunday 21st of February 2021
Wow ! What are great rundown in current facts, and your opinions. Very very appreciated ! For as harsh as it is, at least Scotland is dealing with it ! If we could only do that here in the US. I’ve been strictly isolating myself, and I’m so ready to travel...anywhere. If the world could be as dedicated to stomping out Covid as Scotland /the UK, it would all be over that much more quickly. Thank you again for the post, addresses, and suggestions.
Thursday 2nd of March 2023
@Yvette Webster, thank you. This is why I chose to travel to Scotland.
Sunday 21st of February 2021
You're very welcome :) I hope it's stomped out soon too